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#4: 10-03-2012, 11:30 PM
 
 rougeben83
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Set installed today. Still playing with the valve settings. Its single adjustment, meaning the knob adjusts both rebound and compression at the same time. Currently at 2.5 turns from firm in the Front, 3 turns in the rear. It's a good balance between ride and handling. Adjustment w/ the knob is NOT linear as far as I can tell; there's a marked difference in how soft the struts become at 3 turns vs. 2.5 for example. If it weren't for the roads in the NYC tristate area, you can definitely run firmer settings. There's definitely less impact harshness vs. the bilsteins at the current setting, which I'll discuss below.

The compression rate at full firm is about the same/slightly less vs. bilsteins in the front, slightly more in the rear. This is not a bad thing; its just an example of how stiff bilstein valved the JDM set for japanese roads. With full swaybars, poly bushings, and slightly stiffer springs the ride with the bilsteins was harsh and handling was affected as the tires tended to chatter on uneven pavement. Running 45 series tires was just asking for a headache. Again, this is how bad the roads are in NYC.

Rebound at full firm is about the same as on the bilsteins, though I'm not pushing either set with stock springs. Higher-rate springs will need higher rebound settings.

Another advantage of the adjustable set is that you can tune oversteer/understeer by adjusting the front/rear ratio. I'll report back once I play with the ratio even further.

PS bilsteins are for sale.

Last edited by rougeben83; 10-03-2012 at 11:35 PM..